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Wellington Garden Magic

Posted by Guest Author on 1 October 2014 | 0 Comments

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Featuring 25 performances from local legends and rising stars of the Wellington music scene, Gardens Magic is a highlight of Summer City.

Wellington Gardens Magic

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how the world sees Wellington

Posted by Guest Author on 7 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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How the world now sees Wellington. Here are some watery-based activities to make the most of the sunny days: waterfront activities (presence of marine dwelling creatures not guaranteed). 

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Wellington waterfront

Posted by Guest Author on 5 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Nine massive kina, each weighting up to 7.5 tonnes, have been lowered in to Wellington Harbour.

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Wellington Railway Station

Posted by Guest Author on 13 December 2012 | 0 Comments

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I am one of the 22,000 people that pass through Wellington Railway station twice daily. It’s really convenient for me, because our hotel is right across the road, and at the other end I have only about a 6 minute walk to my home.
Wellington Railway Station was completed in 1937, the same year as our hotel. At the time it was New Zealands biggest building and it was one of the first buildings built by Fletcher Construction who are still around today and are one of NZ’s biggest construction firms.
Previously there used to be two railway stations in Wellington – Lambton and Thorndon. They had separate owners - Lambton (built in 1880) was government owned and Thorndon (built in 1886) was owned by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. This company was purchased by the New Zealand government in 1908 to incorporate the line into what became the North Island Main Trunk, via Johnsonville.
Pressure mounted on the government to have only one station in Wellington, and in 1922 it was decided to reclaim 68 acres of land in order to build a new station. This reclamation from the sea at Thorndon began in 1923 and was on track to be completed by 1932, which allowed the government in 1929 to confirm that Bunny Street would be the location of a new station which would remove the existing inconvenience of the two separate stations.
The need to review building techniques after the Napier earthquake and the impact of the Depression on finances delayed the government formally committing to the project until June 1933.
The construction tender closed on 25 September 1933, extended by 2 weeks in an attempt to encourage local manufacturers to offer locally-manufactured materials. 12 tenders were received with Fletcher Building the lowest at £339,000. The next lowest tender was £350,000 from J T Julian & Son, who had constructed a significant part of the Auckland Railway Station.[4]
Fletchers was awarded what was believed to be the largest single building contract let in New Zealand up to that time, to which a performance bond of £3000 was applied.
Work commenced on site on January 1934 with a workforce of 12, which built up to 161 in January 1936. Fletchers reduced the cost of the construction steel to £70,000 from an estimated £85,000 by directly importing it rather than purchasing it from local steel merchants. The station was opened on 19 June 1937 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Viscount Galway. Lambton closed on 19 June 1937 and Thorndon on 8 June 1937.
Between August 2003 and October 2008 the main station building was refurbished at a cost of NZ$14.6 million to house part of Victoria University in the West wing and Toll NZ (now KiwiRail) in the East wing. This work included a seismic upgrade, restoration and refurbishment, and installing three new lifts and a dedicated access in the south west corner to the university wing from the concourse. The architect was Athfield Architects with construction undertaken by Fletcher Construction.
On 4 December 2006 the New World Railway Metro supermarket opened on the ground floor. This coincided with the closure of the Railway Kiosk and the American Hotdog vendor.
Make sure you go and have a look at the station while you are here. The ceiling inside the main entrance is well worth a look.

I am one of the 22,000 people that pass through Wellington Railway station twice daily. It’s really convenient for me, because our hotel is right across the road, and at the other end I have only about a 6 minute walk to my home.

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Wellington Photo of the week

Posted by Guest Author on 1 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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Fantastic shot of the city by night... Wellington, we are proud to call you home.

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Wellington Photo of the week

Posted by Guest Author on 10 August 2012 | 0 Comments

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Fantastic aerial shot of the city we are proud to call home: Wellington, New Zealand.....

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Wellington Photo of the week - The World Press Photo Exhibition

Posted by Guest Author on 26 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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The most popular travelling photo event in the world is on show in Wellington from today until August 29th.

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Wellington Photo of the week

Posted by Guest Author on 13 July 2012 | 0 Comments

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Wellington really does have the wow factor....

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